Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

October 30, 2012

HS Volleyball: Kerens, Wortham advance in bi-district playoffs

Frost, Mildred, Rice lose in opening round

By Todd Wills
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — The Kerens LadyCats volleyball team has toyed with playing five-set matches going back to last season.

They were at it again in Tuesday night’s Region II-1A bi-district playoff match against Kopperl at the Wolens Special Events Center. The LadyCats started strong, then had to hold on for a four-set victory over the Eagles.

“We like to play forever,” Kerens coach Kristen Lynch said. “We don’t know how to finish.”

Kerens (21-12) advanced with a 25-15, 25-20, 22-25, 25-22 win over Kopperl, advancing to play Milano on Thursday night at Waco Robinson.

Sophomore standout Breanna Wells was the hitting star at the end, winning the final two points on monster kills with Kerens trying to finish off Kopperl with a 23-22 lead.

“It helped us build our confidence and put us in the right direction as a team,” Wells said.

Kerens dominated the first set as Wells had a strong serving game. Marqueshia Kelly had six kills in the second set as the LadyCats looked like they might sweep.

But Kopperl kept fighting led by senior Brittany Sutton, who had four kills in the third set.

The Eagles looked like they were going to take the fourth set, building a 20-17 lead. But Wells took over as the LadyCats won the final four points with the sophomore racking up three kills.

Wortham sweeps Frost: Amber Libhart had 15 kills and eight blocks as Wortham beat Frost 25-19, 25-23, 25-17 at the Wolens Special Events Center.

Wortham (21-15) advances to play Chilton on Thursday at a site to be determined.

Frost freshman Jae Moore had 12 kills to lead the way for the Lady Polar Bears. Frost (13-11) had a great chance to even the match in the second set as Moore had two kills to tie the score at 23-23.

But the senior Libhart responded with two kills of her own, and the Lady Bulldogs cruised in the third set behind the serving of Hannah McCord, who served 10 straight points as Wortham took a 12-3 lead.

“It was a little rough,” Wortham coach Lori Ward said. “We need to clean some stuff up. We stayed with it.”

Mildred falls in four to Franklin: Mildred, playing in its first ever playoff match, lost to Franklin 25-22, 19-25, 17-25, 25-23 on Tuesday night in a Region III-2A bi-district match in Buffalo.

“These girls played extremely hard and competed well,” Mildred coach Joanna Vaden said. “They have really brought volleyball to a new level in Mildred and have so much to be proud of. I am extremely proud of everything they have accomplished.”

For Mildred (21-18), Jenny Jock had two kills, 16 assists, five blocks and two aces. Olivia Farmer had 11 kills, seven blocks and nine digs. Morgan McCreary had a kill, three assists and a block. Audra Springer had 11 kills, a block and eight digs.

Savannah Pritchett had six kills, five blocks and three digs. Stephanie Zamora had 10 assists and a dig. Callie Bland had 10 digs and two saves. Maddie Moore had five assists, five digs and a save. Joanna Tapley had 10 kills, 10 digs, two blocks and an ace.

Rice falls to Anderson-Shiro: Rice fell to Anderson-Shiro in four sets 21-25, 25-13, 25-8, 26-24 on Tuesday night in a Region III-2A bi-district playoff match in Leon.

Rice ended its season with a 19-11 record. For final statistics, please see an update on www.corsicanadailysun.com.